Review of meteorite irradiation tests to support next C-type asteroid missions

Kereszturi, Ákos and Gyollai, Ildikó and Juhász, Zoltán and Pál, Bernadett and Rácz, Richárd Péter and Rezes, Dániel and Sulik, Béla (2023) Review of meteorite irradiation tests to support next C-type asteroid missions. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 519 (3). pp. 3947-3957. ISSN 0035-8711

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Effect of space weathering of airless asteroids could be better understood by artificial irradiation tests on meteorites in laboratories. This work surveys the infrared and Raman analysis based interpretation of simulated charged particle irradiation tests in order to better understand near future observational possibilities of asteroid visiting missions and also to support the planning of next missions and directions of detector improvement. Recent works properly targeted different meteors and meteor relevant minerals, evaluating bulk meteorite spectra, During the irradiation tests He+, (Ne+, Kr+) and Ar+ ions were used with fluxes characteristic for inner planetary system solar wind, considering 1-10 million year exposure durations. Although main meteorite minerals were irradiated and analysed, one missing aspect is that only bulk analysis have been done, not minerals separately in their original embedded context. Some Earth based mineral references were also analysed, however they might not necessary behave similar to the same type of reference minerals, and irradiation effect is poorly known for feldspar, troilite, magnetite. Darkening should be also further analysed for separate minerals too, together with the record of peak shape and position changes. Infrared ATR analysis might still provide such data in the future using the recently emerged technology, as well as Raman analysis - however for flyby missions’ infrared is the useful method while Raman can be used only at in-situ missions. The overview including the tables to support the identification of specific missing information related gaps in our current knowledge and directions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QB Astronomy, Astrophysics / csillagászat, asztrofizika
Q Science / természettudomány > QC Physics / fizika
Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2023 14:08
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2023 14:08

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